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Art & culture

Geelong & the Bellarine

  • Art gallery in Queenscliff, Geelong and the Bellarine, Victoria, Australia

See the works, hear the stories and be inspired by Geelong and the Bellarine region's buzzing creative community. Wander through galleries and artist studios, check out public artworks, and delve into the local history on display at villages up and down the peninsula.

Art and about
Admire the genius of a Frederick McCubbin masterpiece at Geelong Gallery, one of the oldest regional galleries in Australia, visit the Powerhouse Museum to see works by some of Australia's finest street artists, or be challenged by the modern sculpture, ceramics and artwork on display at Salt Contemporary Art in Queenscliff.

Choose a special artwork or pick up a craft piece for that special someone at local galleries, markets and boutiques. See the artists at work in their own spaces and wander through galleries full of works reflecting the local landscapes.

Take a walk and see the iconic bollards on Geelong's waterfront, each painted with its own identity and story, and take in the many installations, sculptures and curios artfully woven into the region's landscape just waiting to surprise and delight.

People get ready
Time your visit so you can join in the fun at cultural events all year round. Attend literary gatherings, exhibitions and community events at the world-renowned Geelong Library and Heritage Centre or catch theatre, live music and comedy at the Geelong Performing Art Centre.

Big festivals bring big fun. Kick up your heels at the Queenscliff Music Festival and join in the merriment at Pako Festa, Geelong's multicultural celebration.

Days of old
From city to surf, explore the deep and rich history of a region defined by its natural landscape, mercantile prowess, Indigenous heritage and creative energy.

Hear stories of the Dreamtime, learn how to throw a boomerang, and immerse yourself in the local Indigenous culture at the Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Delve into maritime history at the Queenscliffe Maritime Museum or visit the National Wool Museum and soak up the fascinating story of how this simple material transformed the region and took the world by storm. Petrol heads can learn all about Victoria's 'motor city' on a visit to the Geelong Museum of Motoring + Industry.